Legal News – July 2014

Legal News – July 2014

Company law: Companies House to make data available for free

Companies House has announced that it will make digital data available for businesses and members of the public. It says that as a result, it will be easier for people to research the activities and ownership of companies. The announcement is a step towards improving corporate transparency. The information will be available from the second quarter of 2015. The commitment for free digital data is part of a Public Data Group (PDG) Summer Statement which sets out the activities and planned data releases for Companies House, Land Registry, Met Office and Ordinance Survey. It is estimated that PDG Open Data is worth £900m to the UK economy. Last year (2013-14), customers searching the Companies House website spent £8.7m accessing company information on the register. Access to mappi

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Helen Hart studied in Cardiff and Germany and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after a training contract at Allen & Overy in London and Frankfurt. She spent over six years working in-house at Centrica plc and Palm Europe Limited focusing mainly on consumer, advertising and data protection law before returning to private practice at Stevens & Bolton where she was an associate in the corporate and commercial team. She worked for a legal publisher between 2008 and 2012 and has also worked in local government library services. Her main areas of expertise are general commercial law, advertising law and consumer law.